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    Group Bookings

    With over twenty five years experience hosting schools and other groups, our Manager, Nick, will be delighted to work with you to tailor the perfect package for your school or group booking. Whether you simply want a place to stay, or are looking for an all-inclusive option, don’t hesitate to get in touch and we’ll be happy to help.

    What we offer for groups:

    Elterwater Hostel is situated in a beautiful location, located on the edge of a small, quiet village.

    We offer 3 star accommodation in bunk rooms of various sizes from 2 to 6-bed rooms, allowing us to offer flexibility in sleeping arrangements and leader rooms.

    We are about 4 miles from Ambleside, and 40 minutes from the M6, junction 36. We can also be reached by train, being 8 miles from Windermere railway station.

    There is adequate parking for minibuses in the village and coaches on the edge, although we have no parking available on site.

    We are open all-year-round to groups booked in advance with substantial discounts available for off-season bookings.

    The area offers safe, local walks on well-made paths as well as higher level walks for the more adventurous and competent.

    Health and safety:

    We carry public liability insurance to the value of £5 000 000, and have extensively risk assessed our site and processes and have a comprehensive fire risk assessment (copies available on request)

    Our manager has over 25 years of experience working in hostels and with groups, and we employ friendly, experienced, staff  trained in food hygiene, health and safety, fire safety, safeguarding children, and first aid.


    A full catering service is available, with nutritious, home-cooked food (allergies and intolerances accommodated) and we have never held lower than a 5* Scores on the Doors (maximum food hygiene rating). We also have a separate kitchen adequately equipped for well-organised self-catering.

    Planning visits are encouraged to allow you to familiarise yourself with the hostel and the area.

    Other facilities:

    We have a very effective drying room

    Flexible dining/living room that can be used as classroom

    Risk assessed ‘bat walk’ with bat detector

    Secure cycle shed (bike hire can be arranged for groups)

    What we’re good for:

    Great base/start/end to Duke of Edinburgh expeditions and training trips.

    Exclusive use of the hostel available for your peace of mind.

    DIY activity trips, helping to keep costs down.

    Area free from ‘distractions’ for teenagers, making supervision easier.

    Social living experience

    Life skills experience

    Safe, friendly environment for child’s first ‘away from home’ experience

    Group related activity locations:

     Brockhole National Park Visitor Centre (6 miles)

    Beatrix Potter’s house (8 miles)

    Dove Cottage (8 miles… the long way round suitable for coaches and minibuses)

    Grasmere village (8 miles… the long way round suitable for coaches and minibuses)

    Langdale Valley (classic glaciated scenery) on our doorstep

    Grizedale Forest (10 miles)

    Lake Cruises (Windermere, 4 miles, Coniston, 6 miles)

    Armitt Museum (Ambleside, 4 miles)

    Galava Roman Fort (Ambleside, 4 miles)

    Ambleside Climbing Wall (Caving room also available) (4 miles)

    We can point you at various ALAA licenced activity providers. Half and full day activities available in outdoor activities, including canoeing, kayaking, gorge scrambling, abseiling, rock climbing and team games and challenges.

    Group Terms and Conditions

    Group Terms and Conditions can be seen here. Please note, separate terms and conditions apply for Sole Use self catering groups – see here. If you have any questions about your group booking please do get in touch.

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